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An Aerial View of Cardiff Docks

Cardiff Docks late 1940s

This is a fascinating aerial photograph of Cardiff docks. I am not certain of the date but the large number of warships moored in Bute East Dock suggests the late 1940's. There are very few ships in the port which means that not much coal was being exported and the docks were already in decline.

Things look very different today; Bute West Dock (on the right) is filled in and built on, most of the railway sidings are gone, and barrage that dams the river means that there is no tidal mud to be seen, although the Pierhead Building in the centre of the picture still stands and is now at the heart of the Cardiff Bay's beautiful new waterfront. 

Our Sunday Cardiff walking tours of the Bay start outside the Wales Millennium Centre which is located just behind the Pierhead Building. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to check availability or call or text 07905923421.